The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnamese Dong Nai Province has announced the discovery of a 200-year-old mummified woman in an ancient tomb in Cau Xeo, in the Long Thanah district commune.
Excavation of the tomb began when it was found while work was being carried out on a road linking Ho Chi Minh, City Long and Thanh-Dau Giay.
The excavation team was led by Professor Pham Duc Manh, Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, and renowned Archaeologist Do Dinh Truat. The mummified remains of the woman, as well as her coffin, have been preserved and taken to the local museum.
The scientists said that the one in the tomb, 8.5 meters long and 4.5 meters wide, was a secret rectangular chamber. The tomb was shaped like a semicircle and was adorned with a cloth with floral patterns and the mummy was wrapped in a cloth with a printed lotus leaf.
After studying the structure of the burial chamber and the coffin, the archaeologists concluded that the mummy belonged to a noble family of the Nguyen Dynasty (1792 – 1883).
Now, archaeologists will conduct further research on the mummy in conjunction with medical experts at Ho Chi Minh University.
Source: Saigon gpDaily
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